The latest talent to come across our Inflyte Radar is emerging South African artist Da Capo. Who following releases on labels like Watergate, Universal Music and Madorasindahouse, has recently launched his own Genesys imprint.
The label kicks off with an EP from Da Capo himself, which also features contributions from Batundi, Marissa Guzman and Omagugu.
We caught up with the Limpopo native to chat about the new imprint, which labels we might see him on in the near future, and which South African artists he thinks we should be paying attention to. Get the full discussion below.
You released your Genesys EP back in late May, tell us about the inspiration behind the tracks?
The projects was inspired by European & African sounds and music scene I heard at shows while traveling. I would say it’s a combination of different elements from different parts of the world.
And it features work from Batundi, Omagugu and Marissa Guzman, how did those guys find their way onto the project?
There were planned collaborations with some artists I have a good working relationship with, like Marissa Guzman & Bantundi. Nduduzo Makhathini & Omagugu were introduced and recommended to me by Black Coffee, someone who I also have a great working relationship with.
It also comes as the inaugural release on your own label, also called Genesys, what does that word mean to you?
It simply means the beginning of a new chapter in my music career.
And what plans do you have for the label in the coming months?
To release music, I’m working on a new Aquatone EP and an Indigo Child part 2 album.
In terms of other labels, you have worked with Watergate, Madorasindahouse and Universal Music in the past, which labels can we expect to see you on soon?
Firstly Mo Black, I’m working on an EP with them and I’ll also release something with Andjunadeep as well. Two labels that I have alot of time and respect for.
The South African club scene is quite vibrant, but still has a long way to go in contrast to some international hotspots, what are the biggest changes you have noticed since you first started in music?
Change is constant in music, the music producers grow and the industry is also widening. The scene in South Africa is definitely one that is blossoming and growing day by day, so exciting times ahead.
And can you give us a few names that you think are really going to do big things in South Africa?
Da Africa Deep, FKA Mash & SkyWhite – all names to watch out for who have really exciting productions out and are representing South Africa in a awesome way.
Lastly, which production from yourself would you recommend for new listeners?
Definitely the new upcoming Aquatone EP – watch this space.